Many of my colleagues have been made redundant and the rest of us are expected to cover lots of their work, is there anything I can do as I feel I can’t cope?

Last updated: 11 May 2020

It is not unusual for employees to report both an extension of working hours and an intensification of their work following colleagues being made redundant.

There is a lot of pressure associated with bearing the burden of new work patterns and reduction of staff. The effect of redundancies causes a shift of additional work to employees and you should ensure that you raise this and register your concerns with your manager as soon as possible.

It would be helpful to request a meeting to discuss workload and try to look at ways of accommodating the amount of work. It would also be a good idea to request a Stress Risk Assessment so that both you and your manager are aware of any risks, both short and long term, that are presented by your workload.

It is not in any employer’s best interests to ignore unmanageable workloads, as this may culminate in increased levels of sickness absence and deterioration of staff morale. It is therefore best to encourage an early intervention approach and seek a meeting to set out your concerns and discuss a way forward.

In the event that your workload becomes unmanageable and no management action is taken to reduce it then you should raise this with your union rep. See Prospect members’ guide to preventing work-related stress for more information.

This page is designed to give general information about members’ rights on returning to work. It does not cover all circumstances and should not be treated as a definitive answer. Members should contact Prospect either through the Member Contact Centre on 0300 600 1878 or contact their union rep or full-time officer for specific advice.